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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo "When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."


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I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2017 Update:
Sixty eight years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 61 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty six years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 32 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 26 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


PLEASE NOTE: When I send an edit, I have meticulously researched to get the facts RIGHT. If it is rejected for ANY other reason, I don't mind, but....

Some people reject an edit, with the explanation: "Edit declined" - "No change. The memorial is up to date with submitted edit" which virtually means "they don't need the edit"; THEN they USE my researched data, after rejecting the edit. They are promptly put on a list which reads, "Do NOT send edits to this person again"...jus' sayin'......
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Cindy Rust
Charles Nelson Phelps brother
My grandmother was Ruth Elizabeth Phelps d/o John Holdrich Phelps,(Civil War veteran, b. 18 Jul 1843 Mystic, CT, d. 22 Ju8l 1921 Old soldier's Home, Hampton, VA,) and Mary Robbins Coleman, (b. 17 Sep 1845 Hartford, CT, d. 17 Dec 1909,) They had 2 children who died prior to Ruth's birth: Harriet C. b. 28 Dec 1868, d. about Feb 1869 Wethersfield, CT and Charles B was b. 4 Dec 1870, d.6 Jul 1871 also Wethersfield, CT. I don't know where they are buried. Ruth married and moved to DE with her husband and is buried with him and several children in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington, Kent Co., DE.
I have a picture of John and his parents. He looks very much like Charles. Rev Ben and wife Sarah are plump, older and Ben is in full, but trimmed beard.
I was able to find grove hill Cem. on a New England trip several years ago. It appears so restful, but New England is very beautiful overall. I really appreciate you work. I've been researching this family, primarily from DE for 12 years and didn't have much on Charles other than his dates and his wife. Thank you again.
Added by Cindy Rust on Oct 18, 2017 2:35 PM
Seeking any Biddy relatives in Lampasas, Texas
Greetings; I see you are maintaining a memorial for Ann Louise Hollamon Biddy - Born 1933, Death unknown (Maintained by: history4sure
Originally Created by: Sue Lilley
Record added: Jul 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72423581)

Ann Louise is my mother's cousin. The often played together as children and I have many photos. I have reason to believe she is NOT deceased. Do you know if she is??

Also, I'm hoping to locate any of her children or grandchildren who may still live in the area.

If you or anyone there knows of the whereabout of any of the Biddy family please contact me
Added by LyndaB on Oct 15, 2017 8:25 PM
RE: Francis Whitmore Jr & Hannah Harris
Shirleen, You are very welcome. I try to sponsor all of my direct ancestors, including aunts & uncles, when they are not already being sponsored. It is my way of honoring those who came before us and made us what we are today. Francis Whitmore Jr and Hannah Harris are my 7g grandparents. I have not yet "fleshed out" that branch of the family, but I am working on it. When I started doing family history, I focused on my direct lines. I have found there is great family information to be had by looking at the siblings of my grandparents. Yes, I am aware of their history. Regards, Linne
Added by Velcro on Oct 13, 2017 3:33 PM
RE: Craigtown Cemetery
Check the listing for Curtis Cadwell to see
The pic of the new monument !
Added by WMac on Oct 05, 2017 3:35 PM
Kerry H
RE: Sponsorships
Hi Shirleen!

Elizabeth and Everett Van Orden are my great great grandparents. So you and I are related through Hannah Maria Eagles and Robert Harris Jr.! Hi, cousin!

~ Kerry
Added by Kerry H on Oct 04, 2017 6:13 PM
Mark Fonda
Walter E. Nadeau
Thanks for the info on memorial #119665732.
Added by Mark Fonda on Sep 27, 2017 6:30 AM
Mark Fonda
Martha M Vanderhoof / Vanderhoff
Yes, my memorial #20426325 was a duplicate of memorial #114088969, so I removed it. Thanks.
Added by Mark Fonda on Sep 26, 2017 7:27 AM
walt heflin
Amelia Knostman
Dear Cheer I tried to send you a reply about but
it came back, but I agree with you

Added by walt heflin on Sep 25, 2017 11:44 PM
Timothy Brady
RE: Matthew O'Brien 176242609
I am sorry, I meant to say Michael O'Brien not Matthew that is buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery. Would you have any info on him based on my original request I sent you?
Added by Timothy Brady on Sep 25, 2017 6:45 PM
Timothy Brady
Searching for verification

Matthew O'Brien had lived in 1860 with my 2nd Great Grandparents, James and Isabella Brady. They lived in the Ward 22, Division 1 in West Philadelphia. According to the Genealogist specialist, it is possible that the Brady's and O'Briens were either relatives or close friends.

Since Matthew is buried at Old Cathedral Cemetery stating where he came from in Ireland, I am trying to find where my 2nd Great Grandfather came from in Ireland. So, do you have any verification that the Matthew in Old Cathedral Cemetery is the same Matthew living the Brady's in 1860? During that time, Matthew was married to Catherine and a daughter, Margaret is listed in the 1860 Philadelphia Census. If the Matthew at Old Cathedral is this same Matthew living in Philadelphia in 1860 with the Brady's, then I will be able to answer my question where my 2nd Great Grandfather came from in Ireland.

You can reach me at: if you need any further information. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Timothy Brady
Added by Timothy Brady on Sep 24, 2017 11:58 AM
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